Qualcomm's answer to the Gear
QUALCOMM has unveiled the Toq, a smartwatch that can play music and handle phone calls and messages, and said it would start selling the device in the fourth quarter, marking the chipmaker's entry into the emerging arena of wearable computing.
The company, which dominates the global market for applications processors for smartphones and tablets, introduced the device on Wednesday in a bid to showcase its own technology to manufacturers, as Samsung Electronics unveiled its much-anticipated Galaxy Gear in Berlin.
Qualcomm is using the watch, which works as a second display for a smartphone, to promote proprietary features, including a low-power always-on display, wireless charging and stereo Bluetooth audio.
Company executives said they would divulge details on how to buy a Toq later this month, but did not specify a price.
Tech blog CNet reported that it will sell for US$300 (S$383), similar to Samsung's US$299 price tag for Gear.
Qualcomm said its Google Android-compatible Toq will be the first smartwatch with a touch-enabled "Mirasol" colour screen that can be easily viewed in bright sunlight.